Specialty coffee slingers of Boston are coming together this spring for a second round of Disloyal Boston, a shared disloyalty card program. The card is based on customer loyalty cards used by businesses to reward repeat customers.
Ashley CheukApril 2, 2013
Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. Yes, flowers are lovely, but if you're looking for something a little more unique, we've got some fairly traded gifts that will be a hit with Mom and also support women farmers and artisans around the world. Here are some of my favorite choices for Mom.
Tom Hanlon-WildeApril 1, 2013
This July, exactly 10 years after taking a group of food co-op and natural foods store customers to visit with coffee farmers in the village of Coyona in Peru, our same group will return to to see first-hand the impact of Fair Trade.
Cindy MowryMarch 29, 2013
We are super excited to have the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) host its annual event in our backyard at the Boston Convention Center April 11-14, 2013. Many of us at Equal Exchange will be attending SCAA-related events throughout the week, and we’ll also be hosting a few events of our own.
Small Farmers Big ChangeFebruary 21, 2013
aúl del Águila Hidalgo, General Manager of Equal Exchange’s trading partner COCLA and a leader in the international fair trade movement, died suddenly on February 13. EE’s Tom Hanlon-Wilde shares this memory.
Charlie BrandesDecember 11, 2012
Meet Ed Bachleda, organizer of Equal Exchange sales at St. Catherine of Sienna church in Portage, Mich. I recently got to meet Ed and see firsthand how he organizes his inventory, and schedules volunteers to sell Equal Exchange fairly traded products after four masses twice each month.
Beth Ann CaspersenDecember 6, 2012
I was nervous about my trip to the D.R. Congo. A war has raged there on and off for decades, and heightened violence and political unrest in 2012 has left more than 500,000 people internally displaced. There was a brief lull in the violence during the month of October, so I took the opportunity to go visit our producer partners at SOPACDI and then make the journey across Lake Kivu to visit the Panzi Hospital.
AnonymousAugust 1, 2012
Kathy Zielinski of St. Monica-St. George Parish Newman Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, shares how she and her congregation have supported small farmers for over 20 years with Equal Exchange. Many thanks to this amazing church for their years of partnership. See their Fair Trade website for more info.
20 Years of Justice
Beth Ann CaspersenJune 4, 2012
Equal Exchange Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen took a coffee "Q Course" at the Coffee Quality Institute, then went through a two-year apprenticeship to become a Q Instructor so that she can teach the Q Course herself. She's one of 31 certified Q Instructors in the world.
Mike MowryApril 3, 2012
In February I spent a week traveling around Ethiopia with representatives from other coffee companies as part of a Cupping Caravan. In two 15 passenger vans, top loaded with gas ranges, propane, and 5 gallon bottles of water, we spent the first few days cupping—the industry term for analyzing coffee—at various ECX field labs. ECX stands for the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, which is the government agency responsible for grading all commodities produced in Ethiopia.